BBFC RatingBFF '19: I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians

Showing: 17 April 2019

CertificateNot Rated
GenreDrama, Historical
DirectorRadu Jude
CountryRomania, Germany, Bulgaria, France, Czech Republic
Running Time2HR 20MINS
Extra InfoSubtitled / 15+
SeasonBelfast Film Festival 2019

Tragic history repeats itself as farce in this darkly comic, politically timely meta-drama from Romanian director Radu Jude.

Radu Jude’s resonant feature chronicles a young theatre director’s efforts to stage an accurate reenactment of the Odessa Massacre — in which Romanian soldiers slaughtered tens of thousands of Ukrainian Jews — despite the municipal government’s attempts to censor her.

Jude’s film is a colourful, engaging, and at times, deeply humorous work that comes alive with an adroit ensemble cast. A deeply resonant film, “I Do Not Care…” is a timely unmasking of the (intentional) amnesia that echoes today’s parochial political populism and reminds us of the old adage that forgotten history is bound to be repeated.